Monday, April 16, 2007

M&M and Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Eggs

DSC00205rIn my bargain hunting last weekend I was able to secure bags of the M&Ms Peanut Butter Speck-tacular Eggs and the Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs at rock bottom prices.

I picked up the M&Ms Peanut Butter Speck-tacular Eggs mostly because folks are still commenting on the Wonka Oompas (currently fruity) post lamenting the loss of the old Peanut Butter Oompas.

First, a rewind to the old Peanut Butter Oompas (see wrapper here) from Wonka. Introduced in 1972 after the film Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, they were larger than M&Ms but the same ovoid shape. The top half was peanut butter and the bottom half was mockolate then it was all covered with a crisp candy shell. (There may have been other flavor varieties.) The separation of the peanut butter and chocolate meant that you could cleave them in half in your teeth if you wanted, or suck the shell off and then melt away the chocolate creme to have only the stiff peanut butter left. I liked them and recall buying them rather often (there was no such thing as a Peanut Butter M&M at the time and Reese’s Pieces didn’t come along until 1978).

imageI was hoping that the larger format of the Speck-tacular Eggs would be similar to the old Oompas.

The normal M&Ms Peanut Butter have a core of peanut butter and a covering of milk chocolate then a shell. A little larger than a regular M&M, they average about the same size as a Peanut M&M. The Speck-Tacular Eggs are larger still and thus have a larger proportion of the peanut butter center since the chocolate coating seems about the same thickness.

It’s been at least thirty years since I’ve had the old Peanut Butter Oompas, so I can’t say that the Speck-Tacular Eggs are as good or even the same, but the proportions feel better to me. I’m going to say that this is the best modern day equivalent to the old Peanut Butter Oompas.

Reese's Pieces Pastel EggsThe other fun aquisition were the equally large Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs.

I don’t eat Reese’s Pieces much, though I do recall loving them as a kid. I used to buy bags of M&Ms and mix them with Reese’s Pieces. I could always pick the Reese’s Pieces out on my tongue by feel because their shells were ultrasmooth. (Ah, the ways I used to amuse myself.)

While the Speck-Tacular Eggs were rather uneven in size, the Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs are exceptionally regular. The colors are pretty much the same as the Hershey’s Pastel Eggs, though a little more egg shaped (with a pointier end).

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The shells on the Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs are thicker than the regular Reese’s Pieces and provide a satisfying sharp crunch. The larger mass of peanut butter creme allowed me to really taste it. It has a slight floral taste to it and reminds me a bit of eating peanut butter cookie dough. Sweet with a little dash of salt. Pretty smooth and not as roasted tasting as the M&Ms Speck-Tacular Eggs.

I liked both varieties of eggs equally well. As appearances go, I preferred the Reese’s. But the freak-tacular price of only 52 cents for the Speck-Tacular Eggs is hard to argue with. They are both being added to my repertoire of Easter Candies to pick up at ridiculous prices.

Note: both products are certified Kosher.

Related Candies

  1. Reese’s Whipps
  2. Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  3. Peanut Butter Kisses
  4. Reese’s Pieces with Peanuts
Name: M&Ms Peanut Butter Speck-tacular Eggs & Reese's Pieces Pastel Eggs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Mars & Hershey's
Place Purchased: Rite Aid & Long's
Price: $.52 & $.85
Size: 11 ounces & 13 ounces
Calories per ounce: 147 & 138
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, United States, Hershey, Mars, Kosher, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:48 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I agree completely about the Reeses eggs. Not only were they gorgeous to look at, but strangely satisfying. That said, I still would have preferred if there had been some chocolate (or perhaps even a bit more salt) in there for contrast.

    I wish I had seen the M&M peanut butter eggs when I was Easter candy shopping. I guess I’ll have to hit up Target one more time before they clear everything out.

    Comment by Nicole on 4/16/07 at 4:30 pm #
  2. WOW, thanks for the 70’s flashback of the Peanut Butter Oompas wrapper! I really loved those! 
      <heavy sigh> I haven’t seen the M&M Peanut Butter Eggs. They sound great. I always buy a few bags of the Reese’s Pieces pastel eggs every year. Yum!!!

    Comment by Suzanne on 4/16/07 at 4:39 pm #
  3. I got a couple bags of the Reese’s Pastel Eggs on clearance at Long’s the other day (85 cents each), but actually, I don’t like ‘em as much as Reese’s Pieces.  I think I might prefer a thinner shell and less insides.

    I can go through handfuls of Reese’s Pieces at an alarming rate but the eggs stayed unmolested on my desk for hours…now that’s a bad sign.

    Comment by Michaela on 4/16/07 at 5:17 pm #
  4. Cybele, I know you do lots of reviews of Limited-edition candy and I just heard that there is a new limited edition Skittles in Carnival flavors (cotton candy is one such flavor), as well as a Limited edition Retro Starburst (not sure about flavors in that one).

    Comment by Amie on 4/17/07 at 4:35 am #
  5. If you aren’t a huge fan of the Reese’s eggs on their own and are trying to find something to do with them, include them in some pancakes.  They melt nicely without losing their shape and provide a satisfying peanut butter burst when you bite into them.  I’m going to try peanut butter M&M’s as a year-round alternative.

    Comment by Christy on 4/17/07 at 9:25 am #
  6. These sound good. I wonder if I can still find these if at all. smile

    Comment by Diva on 4/17/07 at 3:33 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Nicole - it’s odd, it seems that there’s nothing stopping Reese’s from making a peanut butter and chocolate candy piece. If you’re looking for a Target with post-holiday inventory, it’s NOT that one at Burbank’s Empire Center (I cleaned them out).

    Suzanne - this was my first year buying both of these and I’m wondering why I’d been passing them up all these years (I think it’s the blinding effect of the Cadbury Mini Eggs). 

    Michaela - do you think they’re a bit “drier?” Because they did seem different to me.

    Amie - I did see those online and now I need to find them in person! (The starbursts sound rather ordinary just with retro names.)

    Christy - oooh, it might be fun to mix both the Reese’s & Hershey Chocolate eggs. Good to know they can make it through the oven.

    Diva - out of the way drug stores seem to be the best bet. Especially locations that don’t get a lot of weekend traffic (so people might have missed them) like one in a downtown section near offices and not a stripmall near a grocery store. Of course there’s always the chance that they’ll show up at BigLots in four or five months.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/18/07 at 11:11 am #
  8. I’m guessing the Shrek ogre-sized peanut butter M&Ms; are basically the same product with different coloring. They’re so perfectly proportioned! I was always disappointed by the regular pb M&Ms; but love the Shrek version, despite the creepy green ones.

    Comment by Adrien on 4/30/07 at 9:07 am #
  9. I just opened my bag of Shrek Peanut Butter M&M’s and boy are they good! I was expecting a swampy green color but it’s more of a lime-ish green. They could have come up with a better color to represent a smelly Ogre. Anyway, I’d buy these by the ton!

    Comment by Suzanne on 5/01/07 at 1:52 pm #
  10. WHY IS ANYONE STILL EATING HERSHEY PRODUCTS????  ARE YOU HAPPY THAT THEY ARE MOVING OUR JOBS TO MEXICO JUST SO THEY CAN MAKE A BIGGER PROFIT????

    HOW STUPID ARE WE IN AMERICA…...  IF THEY GO TO MEXICO I SAY TAKE THE CANDY WITH THEM   WE DON’T NEED IT…..

    Comment by DEB RADFORD on 6/12/07 at 12:35 pm #
  11. Cybele's avatar

    Deb - do you realize that typing in all caps means that you’re shouting at us?

    If you want to support American made products, then I suggest you buy American made products (and learn how to identify them). You’ll accomplish nothing if simply boycott the company entirely ... instead make the products that are manufacturered in the States profitable and those not made here unprofitable ... any company worth their salt will go where the money is.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/12/07 at 12:39 pm #
  12. I ate some Reese’s pastel eggs and (embarassed to say) quite a few mini Cadbury eggs (candy coated) in the past month and was wondering if anyone else experienced the taste of rubbing alcohol when eating any of them?  I thought it was just one Cadbury egg that I ate and then I tasted another a few days later from a different bag—I probably had 3-4 of these in 3 bags of the candies.  Then, when I thought that was over, I tried a few Reese’s eggs today—the second one had the rubbing alcohol taste.  I didn’t get sick (or obviously die) but I’m wondering if anyone else had this experience?

    Comment by Lisa on 3/29/08 at 9:59 am #
  13. Try putting Pieces in the microwave for a few seconds - melts the inside, leaving the shell intact. Amazing and addictive.

    Comment by Tamara on 4/05/08 at 4:53 pm #
  14. OMG!!!  I thought I was the ONLY person ALIVE, jk, that remembered the OOMPAS!! I thought that the wrapper was orange with a small clear window that allowed one to see the yummy goodness that awaited inside. I also thought that they were labeled as “OOMPA LOOMPAS.” Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know. I do remember them!!! How I loved them!!! I recall walking to the corner store with an armload of returnable glass bottles top exchange for that incredible mixture of sweetness. Wow. I once contacted a per, of sorts, and not a very educated one, and asked about the candy. They had no idea about what I was reffering to!!!  Can you believe that? Well, thank you for being among those that still fawn over the memories of pb&chocolate;in that crunchy shell.

    Comment by Arlene on 7/14/08 at 6:54 pm #
  15. I too love and miss the original Oompas!

    Comment by Dot on 3/09/09 at 12:38 pm #
  16. Funny, I found this today. I brought in a large bag of peanut butter M&Ms; to work and was explaining the similarity and what I loved about the old Oompas. Looking at me strange, I went to Google, found the wrapper and it brought me here. Clearly there are others that have that same delicious memory of biting into the candy and seeing and tasting the chocolate/peanut butter split. The size of the candy was part of the key.

    Comment by M Scott on 1/16/14 at 8:23 am #

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